Batu PKR Spat: Tian Chua Aide Rozan Apologises to MP Praba, Retracts Resignation

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Rozan Azen Mat Rasip, an aide to PKR vice-president Tian Chua, today apologised to Batu MP P Prabakaran.

Rozan’s apology comes after Chua intervened and called for an end to the tiff between him and Prabakaran.

Chua had urged Rozan and Prabakaran to bury the hatchet and apologise to each other.

“I would like to apologise to my employer Batu MP P Prabakaran if my action and announced resignation was done in a rash manner and had caused trouble,” Malaysiakini quoted Rozan as saying.

Rozan also reportedly said he was retracting his resignation as the coordinator for the Batu constituency.

Yesterday, Rozan had issued a statement claiming that he had quit as Prabakaran’s secretary. citing a lack of mutual understanding and alleged interference.

Rozan had served as the secretary to the office of the Batu MP since 2010.

Responding to this, Prabakaran said Rozan was never appointed as his secretary in the first place, stating that the latter was only the coordinator for the Batu parliamentary seat.

He also accused Rozan of being “excessively egoistic” and unable to take criticism.

Rozan was the former PKR Youth information chief and has been part of the Reformasi movement since its inception.

Prabakaran, however, only joined PKR on May 11.

Earlier, Chua who is the Batu PKR chief, said Rozan should have consulted him before resigning and making the issue public.

In a statement today, he expressed his disappointment with the spat, which he said has marred the image of PKR in Batu constituency.

“I am disappointed with the recent spat between Rozan (Azen) and Praba (Prabakaran). Although I did not issue any statement on the matter (earlier), it does not mean that I am not aware of the situation.

“Differences in opinions are inevitable. However, in order to maintain the party’s performance and image, all members must be rational and mature while addressing any differences,” he said.

Chua also criticised Prabakaran for his “very rude” statement against Rozan and asked the duo to apologise to each other within 24 hours.

Rozan said his decision was on the advice of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, Chua as well as feedback from the grassroots in the Batu parliamentary seat.

Chua was the Batu MP from 2008 until 2018.

In the 14th general election, he was disqualified due to a conviction for allegedly disobeying police instructions.

Chua then backed Prabakaran, who was at the time an unknown, leading to a landslide victory against BN.

He since has been mentoring Prabakaran and using his machinery to assist the new MP.